Writers festival to be hosted by Varuna

The Blue Mountains Writers Festival will return in October.

Now in its third year, the four-day festival, to be held at the iconic Carrington Hotel, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Blue Mountains Library and Varuna, the National Writers' House, will include live events, digital streams and online and in-person workshops.

The federal government has delivered more than $76,000 in funding to help reboot the popular event through a fund which is helping to reactivate live performance venues and events across the country.

Amy Sambrooke, creative director of both Varuna and the Blue Mountains Writers' Festival, welcomed the funding.

"Our exceptional writing community in the Blue Mountains will be joined by some of Australia's most exciting writers," Ms Sambrooke said.

"We're looking forward to offering a vibrant program that's designed to share ideas, spark conversations and inspire creativity."

Liberal Senator Marise Payne said locals would be able to hear directly from some of Australia's most dynamic literary voices.

"Very much the product of the Blue Mountains creative scene, it's no wonder the festival has already earned a reputation as one of the most prominent standalone artistic events in NSW."

Senator Payne said the festival would have an economic ripple effect.

"This event will provide an economic boost to the Blue Mountains due to the range of local services and jobs that will be tapped before, during and after this event.

"It is expected the festival will support 95 jobs in the creative industries sector alone, while also providing an indirect boost to adjacent industries like hospitality and tourism."

Mark Jarvis, owner of the Carrington Hotel, said the festival would be a magnet for tourism.

"Our distinctive arts scene is a major part of what attracts people to the Blue Mountains so I am very pleased the federal government is backing us in with this investment."

The festival will run from October 21-24. For more information see http://www.bluemountainswritersfestival.com.au/.